Monday, 10 August 2015

Astrognome Scrapbook August 10th 1080 Bright Comet

Comet of 1080.

At present in the sky is comet  C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS, it is low in the sky and most easily seen by people in the southern hemisphere. It is a spectacular sight in binoculars showing 3 tails. The comet at the moment is passing through the constellations of Crater and Hydra

However 935 years another comet was also observable in the same part of the sky. Discovered by the Chinese astronomers  on August 10th 1080 this comet which was discovered just south of Coma Berenices passed through Crater and Hydra. It was visible for 36 days. The two comets do have different paths.

The 1080 comet  was not visible as long as C/2014 Q1 but was almost certainly brighter.

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